Who we are

Dr Marco Morsch

Principal Investigator

Marco focusses on investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms in the CNS. His research has a clear focus on MND, microscopy, and glial interactions.

Dr Cindy Maurel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cindy has a strong expertise in chemistry and biology. Her projects aim to characterise how posttranslational modifications can affect protein aggregation.

Dr Pradeep Manuneedhi Cholan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Pradeep is interested in inflammation and how the gut microbiome can influence the gut-brain axis. He uses zebrafish and mice to investigate this emerging phenomenon.

Dr Alison Hogan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Alison has a broad background in veterinary science, genetics, and neuroscience. Her work focusses on understanding regulators of protein aggregation and developing in vivo models to better characterise Motor Neuron Disease.

Dr Luan Luu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Luan has expertise in a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including MND, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Spinocerebellar Ataxia. He utilises cell culture models to understand the drivers on these diseases and uses mouse models to help to translate some of these findings into clinical practice.

Natalie Scherer

PhD Student

Natalie investigates the molecular properties of TDP-43 aggregates using zebrafish. Her PhD aims to understand how TDP-43 forms protein condensates and how stressors such as oxidative stress can affect protein clumping in MND.

Andrés Vidal-Itriago

PhD Student

Andrés focusses on the characterisation of microglial interactions in the CNS after peripheral nerve injury. He utilises time-lapse confocal microscopy, electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry to identify key players in synaptic modulation of neurons.

Tyler Chapman

Research Assistant

Tyler helps to keep the lab running smoothly, and uses his expertise in mass spectrometry and a range of molecular techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms in MND.

Stephen Cull

Research Assistant

Stephen helps to keep the lab running smoothly, and uses his knowledge of zebrafish to develop novel in vivo models of disease.